- 1the world [singular] the earth, with all its countries, peoples, and natural features to sail around the world traveling (all over) the world a map of the world French is spoken in many parts of the world. Which is the largest city in the world? He's the world's highest paid entertainer. a meeting of world leaders campaigning for world peace
- 2[countable, usually singular] a particular part of the earth; a particular group of countries or people; a particular period of history and the people of that period the Arab world the English-speaking world the industrialized and developing worlds the ancient/modern world see also the First World, the New World, the Old World, the Third World another planet
- 3[countable] a planet like the earth There may be other worlds out there. type of life
- 4[countable] the people or things belonging to a particular group or connected with a particular interest, job, etc. the animal/plant/insect world the world of fashion stars from the sporting and artistic worlds
- 5[usually singular] (usually used with an adjective) everything that exists of a particular kind; a particular kind of life or existence the natural world (= animals, plants, minerals, etc.) They are a couple in the real world as well as in the movie. The island is a world of brilliant colors and dramatic sunsets. They had little contact with the outside world (= people and places that were not part of their normal life). person's life
- 6[singular] a person's environment, experiences, friends and family, etc. Parents are the most important people in a child's world. When his wife died, his entire world was turned upside down. society
- 7[singular] our society and the way people live and behave; the people in the world We live in a rapidly changing world. He's too young to understand the ways of the world. The whole world was waiting for news of the astronauts. She felt that the world was against her. The eyes of the world are on the president.
- 8 the world [singular] a way of life where possessions and physical pleasures are important, rather than spiritual values monks and nuns renouncing the world see also old-world human existence
- 9[singular] the state of human existence this world and the next (= life on earth and existence after death) Idioms
the earth/its people
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to be giving all your attention to something so that you do not notice what is happening around you When he's listening to music he's lost to the world.
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the benefits of two or more completely different situations that you can enjoy at the same time If you enjoy the coast and the country, you'll get the best of both worlds on this walk.
the best of both/all possible worldsjump to other results
to be completely different in attitudes, opinions, etc.
be worlds apartjump to other results
a situation or society that changes in a way that is meant to improve people's lives but is often a source of extra problems the brave new world of technology
(a) brave new worldjump to other results
to become less/more important or successful in society
come/go down/up in the worldjump to other results
to be born
come into the world (literary)jump to other results
dead to the worldjump to other results
to make someone feel much better; to improve something A change of job would do you a world of good.
do somebody/something a world of goodjump to other results
exactly as if…; exactly like someone or something She behaved for all the world as if nothing unusual had happened. He looked for all the world like a cat that just ate a bird.
for all the world as if/though…, for all the world like somebody/something (formal)jump to other results
to be very successful and admired
have the world at your feetjump to other results
used to emphasize something and to show that you are surprised or annoyed What in the world did they think they were doing?
how, why, etc. in the world (informal)jump to other results
used to say that something is what you would like to happen or what should happen, but you know it cannot In an ideal world we would be recycling and reusing everything.
in an ideal/a perfect worldjump to other results
used to emphasize what you are saying There's nothing in the world I'd like more than to visit New York. Don't rush—we've got all the time in the world. You look as if you haven't got a care in the world!
in the worldjump to other results
if you are in a world of your own, you are so concerned with your own thoughts that you do not notice what is happening around you
(be/live) in a world of your ownjump to other results
used to express your surprise when you meet someone you know in an unexpected place, or when you are talking to someone and find out that you both know the same person
it's a small world (saying)jump to other results
a person with a lot of experience of life, who is not easily surprised or shocked
a man/woman of the worldjump to other results
to be loved by and very important to someone
mean the world to somebodyjump to other results
not the worst thing that could happen to someone Failing one exam is not the end of the world.
not the end of the world (informal)jump to other results
used to say that you would never do something I wouldn't hurt you — not for all the world.
not for (all) the worldjump to other results
used to refer to people of a particular type We all envy the Bill Gateses of this world (= the people who are as rich and successful as Bill Gates).
the… of this world (informal)jump to other results
very happy or proud
on top of the worldjump to other results
used to emphasize how good, beautiful, etc. something is That meal was out of this world.
out of this world (informal)jump to other results
to make promises that will be impossible to keep Politicians promise the earth before an election, but things are different afterward.
promise (somebody) the earth/moon/world (informal)jump to other results
to travel widely and gain wide experience
see the worldjump to other results
(usually used in negative sentences) to be very successful and gain the admiration of other people He's never going to set the world on fire with his paintings.
set the world on fire (informal)jump to other results
to relax and watch people in a public place We sat outside a café, watching the world go by.
watch the world go byjump to other results
the way that most people behave; the way that things happen, which you cannot change The rich and powerful make the decisions—that's the way of the world.
the way of the worldjump to other results
used to express disapproval, surprise, or shock, especially at changes in people's attitudes or behavior When I listen to the news these days, I sometimes wonder what the world is coming to.
what is the world coming to?jump to other results
to have a job or series of jobs while studying, traveling, etc. in order to pay for your education, etc.
work your way through college, around the world, etc.jump to other results
used to emphasize how different two things are His new luxury mansion was a world away from the tiny house where he was born.
a world away (from something)jump to other results
there is no limit to the opportunities open to you With talent like that, the world is her oyster.
the world is your oysterjump to other results
used to emphasize how much difference there is between two things There's a world of difference between liking someone and loving them.
a world of difference (informal)jump to other results
everywhere in the world People are basically the same the world over.
the (whole) world overjump to other results
all the disadvantages of every situation
the worst of all (possible) worldsjump to other results